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states, john kerry, and the russian foreign minis r minister, sergey lavrov, to conclude their talks in paris. we expect that they will be speaking to reporters. we'll have live coverage of that. in the meantime, to cnn's anna coren, joining us from crimea. anna, this u.n. envoy had to leave, leave a coffee shop. it was an ugly scene unfolding. tell us what you know. >> reporter: yeah, an ugly scene indeed, wolf. we understand that robert serry was surrounded by up to 15 armed gunmen. they ordered him to get into a car and head straight to the airport. he resisted. he was then led into a coffee shop and itv reporter james mates was with him, and tweeting in real-time as to what was taking place. so we understand that they were in that coffee shop, not very far from where we are here in s simferopol. and as you mentioned in your introduction, he agreed to leave, to quit his post here in ukraine. he is, of course, the special envoy to ukraine. quit his post and leave the country to try and deescalate the situation. we don't know why these local militia had such a problem with robert se
on whether what we're seeing in crimea constitutes troops? >> sergei lavrov may say that, but as far as the west is concerned, those are russian troops they are trying to form late a response, and it seems as though it is going to be in economic term. here is what the president had to say today. >> today the european commission has identified a package to support ukraine. this is our contribution to tomorrow's meetings of [ inaudible ] government. the package combined could bring an overall support of at least 11 billion euros over the next couple of years. from european budget and european [ inaudible ] international financial institutions. it is a package designed to assist a committed inclusive, and reforms oriented ukrainian government. >> now del 11 billion euros is approximately $15 billion. that's almost exactly the sum the kremlin offered ukraine to stay away from the eu before all of this started. and they are talking about establishing a free-trade zone, and they are going to return money to ukraine. as far as the west is concerned, del, in the 21st century [ technical diff
: sergey lavrov is a formidable character. he's effective in effecting the agenda of his boss, vladimir putin. kerry and love roof appeared to have worked together when they mediated the chemical weapons in syria. so it should be quite a meeting. whether it will produce an ending to this you trainan crisis is remote. martha: the question of crimea is essential. some people think that situation is over. there is no way russia will pull out. lavrov will say we can't pull out. those aren't even our troops. report * th>> reporter: the ruse created paperwork to create justifications for this move and that move but they are drastically different from what the u.s. and its european allies see as legal. it's unlikely this meeting will produce a break through. gregg: russia not letting out, flexing its military muscle by test firing an intercontinental ballistic missile. the pentagon says that launch was not expected. they were not notified days in advance in accordance with the stark treaty. martha: russia saying they don't have the power to pull those troops back. foreign minister sergey lavro
kerry, face to face with sergei lavrov. they are both in paris for talks that have been planned before the russian takeover. the talks are so much more urgent. perhaps the most important test yet as to whether dialogue can be used to resolve the crisis in ukraine. in some ways, there have been setbacks. if the us and eu impose sanctions on russia, washington is looking at a series of punitive steps including economic and diplomatic sanctions designed to isolate moscow. no sign either side is backing down from a somewhat polite standoff between russian and ukrainian troops. polite so far. these troops are all armed and the russian forces do remain in effect tiff control of the crimean peninsula. we are covering all the ankles f angles at this hour. elise labott joins us and michael holmes and our chief national security correspondent, jim sciutto, joins us from washington. >>> first, elise, i want to speak with you. i understand john kerry has already had a brief meeting with the russian foreign minister, sergei lavrov. they have had a somewhat decent relationship in the past. they are
a the president. kerry med with sergey lavrov. afterwards, he spoke of hope for de-escalation of tension. >> russia made a choice. and we have clearly stated that we believe it is the wrong choice, that is the choice to move troops into crimea. russia can now choose to de-escalate this situation. and we are committed to working with russia. and together with our friends and allies in an effort to provide a way for this entire situation to find the road to de-escalation. the united states is ready to work with all parties to make that happen and to make it happen as soon as possible. >> russian president vladimir putin has also spoken to angela merkel today. if diplomacy fails, the u.s. and its allies could put in sanctions against russia in a matter of days. howard fineman and michael mcfall. he's now a fellow at the hoover institution and an msnbc analyst. mr. ambassador, it's great to have you. give us your sense of the limits of this crisis. is there a sense in your mind right now based on your experience that vladimir putin has pushed as far as he's going to go or you think he might
minister sergei lavrov before the meeting with kerry. what did he have to say? >> good morning, sergei lavrov speaking in madrid making clear the russian position is far from the american position. moscow believes president viktor yanukovych was ousted illegally. that moscow was forced to act because what happened in kiev could be contagious, criticising the west for supporting the new government in kiev, criticising what sergei lavrov called protesters acting against the ukrainian constitution and russia can't do anything about ordering forces back to bases because they are self-defence forces. that is a critical point. there are thousands of troops across the peninsula blockading bases and ports outside every gate of every military installation, russian, with weapons. they are military uniforms. ukrainian officers said they are clearly russian, they spoke to some. some have identified, the vast majority have not, but they are travelling in russian military vehicles and russian licence baits. >> you are in crimea, where tensions are high on tuesday. where do they remain now? >> they a
paris. >> del, sergey lavrov may say there are no troops, but as far as the west is concerned those are russian troops. it appears as though the tactic is going to be economic. here is what the european commission president had to say today. >> today the european commission has identified a package to support ukraine. this is our contribution to tomorrow meetings of the sitting government. the package combined could bring an overall support of at least 11 billion euros over the next couple of years, from european budget and european union international financial institutions. it is a package designed to assist a committed includive and reforms oriented ukrainian government. >> well, 11 billion euros is about $15 billion. exactly what the kremlin offered ukraine before this whole thing started to stay away from the eu, and the europeans are saying they are going to create a free trade zone effective immediately. and they intend to freeze the assets of those in previous regime, and return that to the ukraine. >> there are still demonstrators gathered behind you, what are they saying a
in paris, invited sergei lavrov. he declined to come to this meeting. that meeting took place any way with the ukrainian foreign minister to came to paris with john kerry on his plane. the foreign minister coming out with a statement saying united states, uk and ukraine agree that direct talks facilitated as-needed by other members of the international community are crucial to resolving the current situation. they also agree international observers should be deployed immediately in ukraine especially in eastern ukraine and the crimea. and this is what we've been talking about for the last day or two, international off ramp that the u.s. and other countries are trying to give to russia to address their concerns that they acknowledge are legitimate in ukraine, they acknowledge russia has a lot of interests particularly in the crimea. what they want is for russia to encourage international monday fors into crimea, into eastern ukraine to check out what's going on and that could be the basis for talks. the french, the uk, u.s. hoping to get sergei lavrov the russian foreign minister and u
in this -- and we're going to talk about those here this morning. >> russia's foreign minister, sergey lavrov, did not attend the morning meeting, but he is expected to meet face to face with secretary kerry later today. before heading to paris, kerry stopped in kiev where he unveiled a billion-dollar aid package for ukraine and met with interim leaders, including the acting foreign minister who travelled to paris for the u.n. meeting. more on that from nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. andrea? >> reporter: what kerry is trying to do by bringing him here to paris is elevate him, give him legitimacy, and help him stand up to russia, and help persuade his colleagues they should avoid any military confrontation that would give putin a pretext to move further into ukraine. and frankly, that is what u.s. officials think is really putin's end game. they believe that he does want to take over ukraine, but this is part of his grand vision to re-create what was lost with the end of the soviet union, to re-create a russian federation that is really an empire. they don't know how to
administration first four years who went to moscow and met with sergey lavrov and brought that ridiculous staples tv commercial reset button. she pochd that. you may remember it was actually overcharge button as lavrov explained. now hitting retreat button and putin hitting humiliate button. of course she wants to distance herself. hitler comparisons are not necessarily inappropriate. one totalitarian as good as another. hitler wasn't hitler until it started invading countries. >> certainly stronger statements than we've heard from president obama. >> sure. hillary is hard as nails. barack obama is kind of a neophyte when it comes to these matters. lets be honest, president obama has botched every foreign policy entanglement that he's been involved with from libya to egypt to syria to iran. you know, i can see why hillary would want to distance herself from him. >> leslie, should president obama be listening to hillary clinton? >> i was a hillary girl before he got the nomination so that's tough. i want to say because we're women, i think if a woman runs for president she needs to show she can be
going seriously south today was this morning when russian foreign minister sergei lavrov said that ukrainian power militaries actually attacked the ministry in crimea, wounding several people, presumably ethnic russians. despite there being no confirmation, no evidence of that, that alleged threat to russian compatriots in ukraine triggered a quick escalation, which russia has used many times before to justify an invasion. first the leader of ethnic russians in crimea called on president putin to send forces in to protect them from hostile extremists. then very quickly putin replied, requesting the use of force. and as you said in your lead, getting that request from force from the parliament. all that happening within just hours. now, that doesn't mean, alex, that putin will send in more troops and tanks to crimea. there are already plenty there. there is the black sea fleet base with thousands of russian troops. many of whom, by the way, have taken up positions securing airports, government buildings, telecom towers over the past 48 hours. but it does spike the tension even
. >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry said that in a phone call today, russian foreign minister sergey lavrov assured him the exercises are not related to the ukraine. but he cautioned -- >> statements are statements. words are words. we have all learned that it's actions and the follow-on choices that make the greatest difference. >> reporter: so if russia does not send troops inside ukraine, what could be its intentions? >> definitely take this as a signal that russia is testing itself on sending a message that it is prepared to do things if there is a situation that develops that russia feels it has to protect its interests. >> reporter: and now in a odd coincidence, a russian intelligence ship docked in cuba 90 miles from florida without explanation from havana or moscow. now, russian officials also assured the u.s. that russia was not behind the storming of that parliament building in eastern ukraine. lavrov said he learned about it first watching the television. there is a trust deficit here. when kerry asked if he trusted putin, he said, wolf, there is some value in putin and th
-general's representative there. john kerry goes head-to-head against russian foreign minister sergey lavrov right now. they are trying to find a peaceful solution to the standoff. kerry and lavrov are meeting alone. here at home defense secretary chuck hagel says they are ramping up a joint training exercise in neighboring poland. he plans to speak with his ukrainian counterpart later today. chief white house correspondent ed henry is live at white house. one of our big stories today, ed. we have critics who say they haven't heard enough from the white house. >> reporter: you heard this familiar refeign from republicans on a whole host of foreign policy issues that the president is not leading. the president rejections that. he says the crisis hopes to be resolved next few days or next few weeks. he left a short time ago, the president, to connecticut to do an event pushing hike in minimum wage leaving to his defense secretary chuck hagel to go to a senate panel and defend big cuts to the defense budget. republican john mccain sarcastically told hagel his timing is exquisite to be cutting the defense
. from secretary of state john kerry to foreign minister sergey lavrov. they have a close relationship and speak often through the defense ministers, so the ambassador is a symbolic measure, but isn't really going to have any effect on the diplomatic relations because that's really done between capitals. >> thank you so much and obviously, the question if russia gets kicked out of the g8, will they strong more strongly towards brazil, china, india and russia. we're going to be right back with a lot more. stay with us. [ male announcer ] did you know that if you wear a partial, you're almost twice as likely to lose your supporting teeth? try poligrip for partials. poligrip helps minimize stress which may damage supporting teeth by stabilizing your partial. care for your partial. help protect your natural teeth. [ chainsaw whirring ] humans -- sometimes life trips us up. sometimes we trip ourselves up. and although the mistakes may seem to just keep coming at you, so do the solutions. like multi-policy discounts from liberty mutual insurance. save up to 10% just for combining your auto a
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